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February 16, 2020

Nap on Red

YouTube caption: "Once again, the perfect thing for insomnia. Just put it on auto-replay and before you know it you'll be where she is."

February 16, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"You can't give away what you expect the reader to find valuable" — Jessica Lessin


Her comment — up top in the headline — stopped me in my tracks when I read it in a New York Times story about the rise of her now-three-year-old, $399/year online publication "The Information."

"She added that she expected $20 million in sales by the end of 2020, and for her staff of two dozen reporters and editors in the Bay Area, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, and Hong Kong to grow." 

That's small beer compared to my global team of Crack Correspondents©®.

I've been giving boj away for 16 years and I can't even get to 1,000 YouTube subscribers so I can livestream with my phone.

But there's encouraging news: when I wrote last Saturday about my hitting the subscriber count wall at YouTube, I had 596 subscribers.

In seven days, indignation at this state of affairs across the planet resulted in my adding 16 to bring me up to 612 with a bullet as I write.

Let's see... about 2/day, and I need another 388, so half of that is... let me get my calculator... 194 days till I hit the magic 1,000.

Hold on a sec, let me get my calendar... that projects to August 27 this year.

Stay tuned.

But I digress.

"You get what you pay for" — there's another one.

I'm reminded of how pricing something great for relatively little oftimes yields not much in the way of sales, but raise the price x10 and all of a sudden people perceive it as quality and are happy to pay the freight.

"Everything is worth precisely what someone is willing to pay for it" — they just don't stop coming, do they?

Never mind.

As of today, I'm jacking up the price of boj x10.

Let's see what happens.

And of course, the boj guarantee applies: if you're not completely satisfied, let me know and I'll refund twice what you paid.

February 16, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)


First movie I've ever seen centered around quantum entanglement in the "real" world.

The various reviews I've read are mildly enthusiastic but I think they're missing the point: as Richard Feynman famously remarked, "Nobody really understands quantum physics."

Big ups to Juan Cabral, who wrote and directed this film, for attempting the impossible and making quite an entertaining movie.

I'd love to see what he and Brit Marling would cook up should they one day collaborate.

February 16, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Where the street is paved with wood

Wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

February 16, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Military-Grade Kevlar

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Well, you've got the scissors for it.

From the website (the same one that features the Kevlar-cutting scissors):

22oz Heavyweight Aramid Protective Kevlar Fabric — Military Grade , Made in USA

Kevlar woven aramid-based fabric that is rated to 600°F (320°C) for heat shielding.

Fabric is specially coated to aid in cutting and sewing operations — won't fray.

This is not cheap Chinese aramid fabric, this is American-made, and the highest quality available.

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Made of advanced blends of aramids, fiberglass, and PBI, this fabric is a core spun yarn resulting in consistently higher performance.

Available in two weights and a variety of sizes and thicknesses to meet an ever-growing number of heat shielding needs.

100% non-irritating.

Common applications:

• Heat shielding and containment

• Hose covers/pipe wrap

• Conveyor belting

• Expansion joints

• Cable protection

• Safety clothing

• Pyrotechnics

From $5.29.

February 16, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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